Directed by: Robert Schwentke
Written by: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Ryan Reynolds, Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon
To be fair, I'm coming into this movie as a person who has never read the comic book series it's based on, but the trailer for R.I.P.D. (that stands for Rest in Peace Department) made the movie seem like a fun romp, a nod to Men in Black, Dylan Dog and other such films that I thoroughly enjoyed, maybe even a little Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. However this film came into being, I will be shocked if it makes back its inflated budget. It is a stretch to call it "good," and it can't quite decide what it wants to be.
Directed and written by: Matt Jesperson, Maclain Nelson
Featuring: Julie Gonzalo, Adam Johnson, Gary Cole, Maclain Nelson, Matt Mattson, Alexis Knapp
As SXSW 2013 was coming to a close, I received an email inviting me to a last-minute sneak peek at the new horror comedy film Vamp U. The only name I recognized on the cast list was Gary Cole, but I decided to give it a shot.
Directed by: Jacob Vaughan
Written by: Jacob Vaughan, Benjamin Hayes
Featuring: Ken Marino, Gillian Jacobs, Peter Stormare, Patrick Warburton, Stephen Root
Milo, which had its world premiere last night at Austin's SXSW festival, is a hard film to describe. Is it a movie about a husband and wife's efforts to conceive a child? Or a movie about a man plumbing the depths of his psyche to deal with his past? Aw, screw it. Let's face it, Milo will be forever known as the "butt monster" flick.
Directed by: Martin McDonagh
Written by: Martin McDonagh
Featuring: Colin Ferrell, Tom Waits, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Abby Cornish
When I first saw the trailers for Seven Psychopaths, I immediately fell in love; the cast, featuring Tom Waits, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and a whole bevy of other fantastic people, was enough to make me mark the date on my calendar. However, life happened, and I never made it to the theaters to see it during its run. Thankfully, it just came out for home viewing, so everyone can enjoy the quirky, delightful black comedy that is this film.
Directed by: Jonathan Levine
Written by: Jonathan Levine
Featuring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, David Franco
While I've heard about the book Warm Bodies for over a year, it has always been presented to me as "Twilight with zombies," and though I don't have a problem with Twilight (much to the chagrin of many of my friends), that's not the endorsement I've been looking for. I need more comparisons: Is it like Zombieland, snarky and funny? Is it like Fido, where the zombies become domesticated and friendly? The trailer for the new big-screen adaptation didn't really indicate either way.
Directed by: Michael Tiddes
Written by: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Featuring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Marlene Forte, David Koechner, Dave Sheridan, Cedric the Entertainer, Nick Swardson
Several years ago, spoofs absolutely flooded the mainstream market. Every few months, it was Not Another Teen Movie, Scary Movie, Epic Movie, Date Movie, Disaster Movie and, well, you get the point. While few of them had some pretty good moments of isolated genius, for the most part they were throwaway pieces of shit that should be avoided at all costs.
In magical spirit of the season, I bring you a trailer about magic — more specifically, magicians — even more specifically, magicians whose career is fading fast and must fight to prove their relevance by competing with an ass played by Jim Carrey.
I kicked the comic book habit a while ago, so I was not acquainted with a graphic novel by Matthew Spradlin and Anthony Vargas called Bad Kids Go to Hell. But now that it's been made into a movie, which opens today, I've heard of it. In fact, I've even located the trailer and embedded it below for you, dear reader. You know, just in case you're as lame as I am and haven't heard of it either.